Anti-trust body fines supermarket chain Biedronka EUR 162.8 mln

According to UOKiK, Biedronka's owner made over PLN 600 million (EUR 135.14 million) from the practice between 2018 and 2020. Albert Zawada/PAP

Poland's anti-trust authority has fined Jeronimo Martins Polska, owner of the Biedronka supermarket chain, PLN 723 million (EUR 162.8 million) for exploiting contractual advantages, it announced in a press release on Monday.

The authority, UOKiK, said that it had information that showed contractors were informed of the need to grant discounts even after deliveries had been made.

Due to the contract terms, suppliers did not know how much they would make because at any time Biedronka's owner could demand an additional reduction in remuneration to an amount known only to itself, UOKiK said.

The practices affected 200 suppliers, 80 percent of them in the fruit and vegetable segment. In "extreme" cases, the discount exceeded 20 percent of the suppliers' turnover with Biedronka, the anti-trust body reported.

According to UOKiK, Biedronka's owner made over PLN 600 million (EUR 135.14 million) from the practice between 2018 and 2020. The amount made lay behind the decision by the UOKiK president to impose the PLN 723-million fine.